Coronavirus hotspots in England have been revealed as new data suggests where is most at risk of being plunged into tier three.
Boris Johnson set out his roadmap from lockdown yesterday as he begged Brits to play by his rules to stop the virus.
Under Mr Johnson’s new beefed up, three tiered approach, regions with spiralling cases would be under strict rules this winter.
Tier three areas will face a ban on households mixing, with pubs and restaurants staying shut apart from deliveries.
Overnight stays outside the area will be banned as will wedding receptions - but gyms and places of worship will be allowed to open.
In tier two households can’t mix indoors, but can socialise outdoors if they stick to the Rule of Six.
Pubs can open but have to call last orders at 10pm, and close by 11pm.
And in tier one households can socialise indoors if they stick to the rule of six, and live events can have audiences of 50% or 4,000 outdoors.
But the decision over which area will fall into which tier will not be made public until Thursday.
BoJo told the Commons on Monday: “Many more places will be in higher tiers than also was previously the case.
"'Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives."
Tiers will be decided by five key indicators: Case detection in all ages, case detections in the over 60s, infection rates rising or falling, positivity rates, and pressure on the NHS.
According to data published by The Sun, previous hotspots such as Leicester could once again find themselves in tier three.
The city, which was the first to be put under a local lockdown, as 428.0 cases per 100,000, while Blackburn with Darwen also facing tough restrictions with 387.5 cases per 100,000.
At the start of the pandemic, London had high cases numbers and cases have been rising since early November.
The capital had previously faced tier two restrictions before the second national lockdown.
The 10 places with the highest cases in England, per 100,000 of the population, are:
- Hull - 568.6
- Swale - 565.0
- Thanet - 508.0
- East Lindsey - 493.2
- Dudley- 484.5
- Stoke-on-Trent - 482.1
- Hyndburn - 467.7
- Hartlepool - 460.2
- Boston - 450.3
- Sandwell - 447.6
Meanwhile, the places with the biggest week-on-week jumps in rates include Medway and Gravesham, both in Kent, and Hyndburn in Lancashire.
On Friday estimates from experts on Sage suggested that the North West of England currently has a R rate between 0.8 and 1.
But Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, as well as areas of Lincolnshire including Boston have joined parts of Kent in shooting up the list.
Before the national lockdown, cities such as Manchester and Liverpool in the North West, Leeds in West Yorkshire and Nottingham in the Midlands were regarded as the main virus hotspots.
All those areas went into tier three but infections have since fallen in some of those cities and some will hope to move down a category.
The Liverpool Echo r eports that leaders on Merseyside, the first area to move into tier 3, are expecting to now be in tier two.
In tier two, according to data, might well be London - with only a few boroughs in the capital being in the top 100 of England’s hotspots.
However, Barking, Tower Hamlets and Bexley have shown a worrying rise in recent days and could be enough to tip the entire city into tougher measures.
Meanwhile, Nottingham and parts of Liverpool has seen rates fall, whereas Bristol - originally a tier one city - has seen infection rates rise to 389 currently.
Bath, Southampton and Reading -all university cities - have reported higher infection rates with around 150 per 100,000 testing positive.
Tier one will likely be rural areas with low populations.
Areas such as Cornwall, Suffolk, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Devon and Cambridgeshire, as well as parts of the Home Counties have fared well in recent months and could get away with only the most lenient measures, The Mirror reported.
Brighton and Tunbridge Wells may also go into tier one as infection rates are only slightly above 100 per 100,000 people.